North Carolina lawmaker's funding leads 10 in GOP House race

North Carolina lawmaker's funding leads 10 in GOP House race
FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2018 file photo, state Sen. Dan Bishop speaks during a joint N.C. House-Senate committee meeting on judicial reform and redistricting held at the Legislative Office Building in downtown Raleigh, N.C. Bishop, who loaned his campaign $250,000, leads fundraising among 10 Republicans seeking a congressional seat left vacant because a ballot rigging probe voided last November’s contest. (Chris Seward/The News & Observer via AP)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina lawmaker who loaned his campaign 50,000 leads fundraising among 10 Republicans seeking a congressional seat left vacant because a ballot rigging probe voided last November’s contest.

Federal Elections Commission reports show State Sen. Dan Bishop of Charlotte collected 30,717 from individuals in the year’s first quarter, atop his 50,000 loan. Bishop reported Monday that his campaign had 80,000 on hand at the end of March.

Former Mecklenburg County Commissioner Matthew Ridenhour was second among Republicans, raising nearly 4,000 and holding more than 2,000 in cash as a May primary for the 9th Congressional District looms.

Democrat Dan McCready faces no primary opponent, but raised .5 million in the quarter.

A new election was ordered after a political operative for McCready’s previous Republican opponent collected mail-in ballots last November.